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Javier Baez, Kris Bryant headline Cubs spring non-roster invitees


The Chicago Cubs announced 24 non-roster spring training invitees on Friday.

Top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant headline the group. Outfielder Albert Almora and 2013 minor league pitcher of the year Kyle Hendricks also received an invite from the club.

Including the 40 players on the Cubs’ roster and the 24 invitees the team will bring 64 players to camp.

Pitchers: Right-handers Marcus Hatley, Kyle Hendricks, Carlos Pimentel, Armando Rivero and Brian Schlitter; left-handers Tommy Hottovy, Eric Jokisch, Jonathan Sanchez and Tsuyoshi Wada.

Infielders: Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Ryan Roberts, Chris Valaika and Jeudy Valdez.

Outfielders: Albert Almora, Chris Coghlan, Aaron Cunningham, Ryan Kalish, Mitch Maier, Darnell McDonald and Casper Wells.

Catchers: John Baker, Rafael Lopez, and Eli Whiteside.

Minor league catchers Luis Flores and Will Remillard will also assist in camp, most likely in the early stretch during split-squad games.

Pitchers and catchers report to Mesa, Ariz. on Feb. 13 while position players report Feb. 18. The first full-squad workout is Feb. 18, and the Cubs open the first spring training season at Cubs Park on Feb. 27 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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